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Using Breelib to take a dose

Breelib has been designed so that you can take a dose in a short space of time, should you want to. The most important thing is to take the full dose at a pace which suits you.

For information on how to use Breelib to take a full dose, please watch the short video tutorials and review the information in this section.

For full instructions, please refer to the Breelib Inhalation System Instructions for Use booklet (IFU) which is supplied in your Breelib Starter Pack. 

Using Breelib to take a dose

Breelib has been designed so that you can take a dose in a short space of time, should you want to. The most important thing is to take the full dose at a pace which suits you.

For information on how to use Breelib to take a full dose, please watch the short video tutorials and review the information in this section.

For full instructions, please refer to the Breelib Inhalation System Instructions for Use booklet (IFU) which is supplied in your Breelib Starter Pack. 

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For healthcare advice or questions relating to treatment please contact your healthcare professional or treating centre.

How to turn Breelib ON

After filling Breelib the device can be turned ON.

PRESS THE ON/OFF BUTTON

Lightly press the button ON/OFF button once before removing your finger. Avoid pressing the button with too much force or holding it down.

AUTO-TEST

You will hear two 'clicks' and all the lights briefly turn ON.

BREELIB IS NOW READY TO USE

Only the battery light will remain ON. A green battery light means you have up to one weeks worth of charge.  An orange battery light means you have up to one days worth of charge.

Breelib device

If you hear a 'beep' after pressing the ON/OFF button this is Breelib's way of letting you know that something is not quite right.
Please see the troubleshooting guide or see Breelib information sheet 2

How to hold Breelib

When Breelib is ON, if you press and hold down the ON/OFF button for 2 or more seconds the device will turn OFF.

When taking a dose, if you hold Breelib with your fingers over the ON/OFF button you may accidentally turn Breelib OFF. If this happens lightly press the ON/OFF button once to turn Breelib back ON then finish taking your dose.

When using Breelib, keep the device flat to stop drug from moving around inside.

Holding Breelib at the sides between your thumb and fingers will avoid you pressing the ON/OFF button and turning Breelib OFF when you do not want to. It will also keep the air inlets on Breelib clear.

How to hold Breelib correctly

How to hold Breelib correctly

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Breelib air inlet

Positioning the mouthpiece

Positioning the mouthpiece correctly will :

  • Open up your airways so drug can flow freely deep into your lungs
  • Ensure you do not lose any suction when using Breelib
  • Prevent drug from escaping into the air around you
Remember to always take a dose in a well ventilated room away from pregnant women and children.

GRIPPING THE MOUTHPIECE BETWEEN YOUR TEETH

Open mouth

FORM A SEAL AROUND THE MOUTHPIECE WITH YOUR LIPS

Open mouth

Breathing in through the mouthpiece

When using Breelib, it is important to sit comfortably in an upright position and remember to hold the device as flat as possible. A slight tilt is allowable.

Breelib is designed to deliver drug deep inside your lungs, whilst minimising the chance of drug staying in your throat or upper airways.

Two factors will affect where drug is delivered to when using Breelib:

  1. How long you breathe in through the mouthpiece for
  2. The speed at which you breathe in through the mouthpiece

Each time you breathe in through the mouthpiece you should aim to do so at a moderate speed for a full 3 seconds.

When breathing in through the mouthpiece do not block the mouthpiece with your tongue or take in extra air through your nose.

do not breathe through nose Breelib

Aim to breathe in through Breelib for a full 3 seconds

A breathing cycle with Breelib lasts for a full 3 seconds. Not breathing in for a full cycle will mean that some drug can be delivered where it is not needed, either in the throat or upper airways.

When you start to breathe in through the mouthpiece you will hear a 'click'. This is the start of the breathing cycle.

Breelib click

The fine mist of drug and air is then delivered for two seconds

Hold 2 seconds

Followed by 1 second of clear air. This will push the drug mist deep into your lungs.

Hold 1 seconds

At the end of the breathing cycle you will hear a second 'click' and the mouthpiece light will turn OFF.

Breelib click

When you start to breathe in through the mouthpiece you will hear a 'click'. This is the start of the breathing cycle.

The fine mist of drug and air is then delivered for two seconds

Followed by 1 second of clear air. This will push the drug mist deep into your lungs.

At the end of the breathing cycle you will hear a second 'click' and the mouthpiece light will turn OFF.

Breelib click
Hold 2 seconds
Hold 1 seconds
Breelib click

At the end of every breathing cycle

Breathing
  • When you hear the second 'click' and the mouthpiece light turns OFF remove the mouthpiece and breathe out normally, either through your mouth or nose.
  • If you try and breathe out through Breelib the mouthpiece will feel completely blocked.
  • To stop you from taking in drug too quickly Breelib will pause for 1 second after every cycle. During this time you will not be able to use Breelib and the mouthpiece will feel blocked.
You should take your dose at a pace which suits you but you should always break for at least 1 second between breathing in through the mouthpiece.

Aim to breathe in through Breelib at a moderate speed

Breathing in either too slowly or too quickly can result in drug staying in your throat or upper airways which can cause unwanted effect.

When you breathe in through Breelib, the mouthpiece lights will help guide the speed of your breathing to make sure that with each breathe, drug is delivered to where it is needed, deep inside your lungs.

BRIGHT GREEN

You are breathing in at the correct speed. Try and repeat this breathing each time

Green Light Flashing

DIM GREEN OR FLICKERING GREEN LIGHT

You are breathing in either slightly too slowly or slightly too quickly. You should adjust your breathing until the mouthpiece light is bright green

Green Light Flickering

ORANGE

You are breathing in with too much force.
Remove the mouthpiece and wait for a few moments. Now adjust your speed so that the mouthpiece light is bright green

Orange Light

BRIGHT GREEN

You are breathing in at the correct speed. Try and repeat this breathing each time

DIM GREEN OR FLICKERING GREEN LIGHT

You are breathing in either slightly too slowly or slightly too quickly. You should adjust your breathing until the mouthpiece light is bright green

ORANGE

You are breathing in with too much force.
Remove the mouthpiece and wait for a few moments. Now adjust your speed so that the mouthpiece light is bright green

Green Light Flashing
Green Light Flickering
Orange Light

Avoid using Breelib in direct sunlight so that you can always see the lights of the mouthpiece clearly.

Breelib guided breathing

Breelib guided breathing

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Avoid long breaks when taking a dose

To save battery, Breelib will turn itself OFF if you break for 5 minutes or longer between breathing in through the mouthpiece.

If this happens lightly press the ON/OFF button once to turn Breelib back ON and finish taking your dose.

If drug is left inside the nebuliser unit for 5 minutes or longer it will dry up and block the tiny holes which make the breathable drug mist. When this happens it will take you longer to finish taking your dose.

Breelib 5 min press

Finishing a dose with Breelib

It is possible to take a full dose in less than 3 minutes.

When there is no more drug left inside Breelib for you to breathe in, the mouthpiece light will blink green for 5 seconds before Breelib turns itself OFF.

If you try and breathe in through the mouthpiece during this time Breelib will feel completely blocked.

If you try and turn Breelib back ON immediately after finishing a dose you will hear a 'beep'. This is normal and is the device telling you that you have finished you dose.

Five seconds
Finishing a dose with Breelib

Finishing a dose with Breelib

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After finishing each dose you should immediately take Breelib apart and rinse as you have been advised.

Never reuse leftover drug.

Things to remember when taking a dose

  • Always fill Breelib before turning ON
  • Lightly press the ON/OFF button once to turn ON
  • Hold Breelib at the slides and keep flat
  • Aim to breathe in for a full 3 seconds at a moderate speed
  • Always break for at least 1 second after every breathing cycle
  • Avoid long breaks
  • Do not breathe out through Breelib
  • It is possible to take a dose in less than 3 minutes
  • The mouthpiece blinks green for 5 seconds and Breelib turns OFF at the end of a dose
  • Do not try and turn Breelib back ON immediately after finishing a dose

For more information please see Breelib information sheet 5.